Timelapse of my sketchbook drawing of Roald Dahl's quote.
Last year I asked my friend Regie, a letterer, how he does his lettering work because I wanted to learn lettering. He told me he makes thumbnail sketches then plots out the layout in pencil first to make sure the letters and the visual weight of the piece are evenly distributed, before he goes to ink.
I thought it sounded like a lot of work— and it is. My words were, "Ay, kailangan mo pa palang isipin." I was discouraged because I thought lettering was a straightforward process— you just draw words, period. I didn't consider you had to learn how to space your words properly, too, and think of the visual layout. So I was like, "meh." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I didn't have the patience to learn the technicalities of lettering. I'm also lazy about having to use pencil first before anything (it takes up a lot of time), so I didn't bother learning.
In the course of drawing in my sketchbook regularly, my own lettering style just... emerged. And I've learned to use my weakness/shortcoming (being lazy about using pencil, not wanting to learn lettering the "proper" way) to my advantage— I just plunge right in with a pen to draw my words and if the visual balance is off (which it often is), I make up for it by drawing random little elements to distribute the visual weight. And it's a look and style I've come to embrace and make my own 🤗
Materials used: watercolor for the yellow background, Muji pens, white Sakura Gelly Roll pen
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